We are an animal welfare epidemiology research group in the Dept of Animal Science at UC Davis. We conduct research in a variety of areas including low-stress handling, mitigating agonistic interactions in socially housed animals, developing strategies to reduce procedural pain and stress, and studying human-animal interactions. We work with a range of animal species including companion, farmed, and laboratory animals.


Broadly, we currently have three areas of study: 1) mitigating agonism in socially housed animals, 2) examining human-animal interactions during handling and other animal procedures, and 3) improving cat welfare in the veterinary clinic.

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What is animal welfare epidemiology?

Simply put, we mix animal ethology & animal epidemiology concepts, research methods, and statistics to conduct research that is focused on improving the lives of animals. We are an inherently interdisciplinary and collaborative group of researchers!

We are affiliated with the following UC Davis groups:

Center for Animal Welfare – http://animalwelfare.ucdavis.edu/

Working Anthrozoology Group, a resource guide for undergraduate students https://wag.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/

Animal Behavior Graduate Group (PhD program) https://anb.ucdavis.edu/

Animal Biology Graduate Group (MS & PhD Programs) https://animalbiology.ucdavis.edu/

Master of Preventative Veterinary Medicine Graduate Group (MPVM Program) https://mpvm.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/